International Journal of Law, Policy and Social Review
2019, Vol. 1, Issue 1
Protection of computer programs and other internet works in Nigeria; need to domesticate the wipo copyright treaty
Akintola Fikayo Benjamin
Since the beginning of the 20th century, the world has witnessed astronomical advancement in scientific and technological innovations which have changed the face of the modern society leading many thinkers to term this present civilization ‘the jet age’. This technological advancement has had enormous impact on the world’s legal systems, disrupting traditional modes of protection of intellectual property and has left the law completely in a state of flux due to the ever changing forms of innovation; such as computers including palmtops and hi-tech phones, satellite and cable receivers/signals, facsimile transmissions and the perpetually growing internet. Nigeria is a signatory to several conventions on Copyright including the Berne Convention. The WIPO Copyright Treaty was adopted in 1996 with the aim of giving protection to digital works. This paper is basically a call on the Nigeria Government to overhaul the extant copyright law to bring it in sync with current development in technology by domestication the WIPO Copyright Treaty.